Brennan Williams has been watching a lot of football and he might be slated to watch some more until July.
Williams, a third-round pick out of North Carolina, injured his left knee in the morning session on the second day of rookie camp on Saturday, May 11. He hasn’t played since. Williams had an MRI that day and was told he wouldn’t need surgery.
The Texans would like to see if Williams can be the starter next to Brandon Brooks, who's at right guard, and they would love to see Williams' getting reps at right tackle throughout OTAs. He was expected to compete with Derek Newton for the starting job. Newton, the starter last season, had offseason surgery on his right knee and will be out until at least training camp.
“I think I’m close,” Williams said. “I think I’m going to run out of time before I’m actually cleared to play. I think I’m going to be fine. I think we’re going to be out of minicamp by the time they say, ‘Go ahead and do everything.’”
If that turns out to be true, Williams won’t be in action until the start of training camp. That’s a lot of missed snaps. On the day Williams was injured earlier in May, head coach Gary Kubiak said that Williams would be back the next week. He was not.
“The goal is to make it to the season so that I can contribute,” Williams said. “As much as I want to jump in and do everything, I got to go with what the professionals are saying.
“It’s all about doing what you got to do to get back. The most important thing is to be ready for training camp and the season, and I’m just doing everything I can to get to that point.
Williams added confidently that he will be 100 percent by training camp.
“I’ll be great to go by the start of training camp,” he said.
Ryan Harris has been getting the majority of the first team snaps and sixth-round pick David Quessenberry has also been getting snaps at right tackle with Williams out.